recognize

recognize
recognize rec‧og‧nize [ˈrekəgnaɪz, ˈrekən-] also recognise verb [transitive]
1. to know who a person is or what something is, or to know something about them as soon as you see them or hear their name:

• How will investors recognize the bottom of the market when it comes?

2. to accept officially that an organization, government etc has legal or official authority:

• The US refuses to recognize the country's military government.

3. to accept and admit that something is true:

• The plan simply fails to recognize the difficulty and the time required to increase production.

4. ACCOUNTING to show something at a particular amount, in a particular way etc in a company's accounts:

• The company said it will recognize a pretax gain of about $23 million from the sale of the subsidiary.

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recognize UK US also UK recognise) /ˈrekəgnaɪz/ verb [T]
to know what something is because you have seen it before, or because you have heard or read about it: »

Managers failed to recognize the symptoms as quickly as they should.

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More and more people are beginning to recognize our logo.

to accept that something is true or important: »

We need to recognize the value of staff training and development.

recognize that »

They failed to recognize that more investment was needed.

to praise or reward someone for what they have done: »

His contribution to the project is recognized in all the reports.

recognize sb for sth »

The award was created to recognize photographers for outstanding work.

to accept officially that a person or an organization has authority to do things, usually because they can achieve an acceptable standard: recognize sth as sth »

The school has not yet been recognized as an official training centre.

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They refused to recognize the interim government.

IT if a machine recognizes something, it is able to read it electronically and get information: »

The device recognises the bar code and records the price.

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He was the inventor of an early machine to recognize handwriting.

ACCOUNTING to calculate a number or amount in a particular way so that it can be included in a company's accounts: »

The most common system is to recognize revenue when the invoice is issued.

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The school finance system fails to recognise the costs of meeting required standards.

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They are not required to recognize in their financial statements any short-term declines in the value of stock.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • recognize — [rek′əg nīz΄] vt. recognized, recognizing [altered (infl. by RECOGNIZANCE) < extended stem of OFr reconoistre: see RECOGNIZANCE] 1. to be aware of as something or someone known before, or as the same as that known [to recognize an old friend… …   English World dictionary

  • recognize — rec·og·nize vt nized, niz·ing 1: to acknowledge formally: as a: to admit as being of a particular status recognize a precedent recognize a union; specif: to acknowledge (as a right, cause of action, or defense) as valid b: to admit as being one… …   Law dictionary

  • Recognize — Rec og*nize (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Recognized} (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Recognizing} (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac] z[i^]ng).] [From {Recognizance}; see {Cognition}, and cf. {Reconnoiter}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recognize — early 15c., resume possession of land, from M.Fr. reconiss , stem of reconoistre to know again, identify, recognize, from O.Fr., from L. recognoscere acknowledge, recall to mind, know again, examine, certify, from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recognize — [v1] identify admit, be familiar, button down*, descry, determinate, diagnose, diagnosticate, distinguish, espy, finger*, flash on*, know, know again, make*, make out, nail*, note, notice, observe, peg*, perceive, pinpoint, place, recall,… …   New thesaurus

  • Recognize — Rec og*nize, v. i. (Law) To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written also {recognise}.] [1913 Webster] Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recognize — (Amer.) rec·og·nize || rekÉ™gnaɪz v. identify; identify a person or a thing seen before; acknowledge, know; admit, acknowledge as true (also recognise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recognize — *acknowledge Analogous words: accept, admit, *receive: notice, note, observe, remark (see SEE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recognize — recognize, recognition Both words should be pronounced with the g fully articulated …   Modern English usage

  • recognize — (also recognise) ► VERB 1) identify as already known; know again. 2) acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of. 3) show official appreciation of. DERIVATIVES recognizable adjective. ORIGIN Latin recognoscere, from cognoscere to lea …   English terms dictionary

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